From the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral

FICCI Business Digest - - News - Dilip Chenoy

May was a month of change. I took over as Sec­re­tary Gen­eral from Dr San­jaya Baru. My fo­cus would be to take the or­ga­ni­za­tion from strength to strength and I look for­ward to all your sup­port.

The tenth edi­tion of one of our star events – the Great In­dian Travel Bazaar – was held in Jaipur. The re­sponse was heart­en­ing. Ap­prox­i­mately, 280 for­eign tour oper­a­tors from 55 coun­tries par­tic­i­pated in the bazaar; 270 sellers com­pris­ing state gov­ern­ments, ho­tels and tour oper­a­tors were present; and, around 10,936 B2B meet­ings ma­te­ri­al­ized be­tween buy­ers and sellers. Repli­cat­ing suc­cess ev­ery year, GITB has proved that In­dia’s tourism sec­tor has bucked global eco­nomic head­winds to re­main on a steady growth tra­jec­tory for over a decade. Va­sund­hara Raje, Chief Min­is­ter of Ra­jasthan was the Chief Guest at the in­au­gu­ral on 22 April 2018. And, KJ Alphons, Min­is­ter of State (In­de­pen­dent Charge) for Tourism, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, inau­gu­rated the ex­hi­bi­tion on 23 April 2018.

FICCI Ladies Or­gan­i­sa­tion (FLO) fe­lic­i­tated In­dia’s ace bad­minton play­ers, Saina Ne­hwal and PV Sindhu, and their coach Pul­lela Gopic­hand. In a con­ver­sa­tion, dur­ing the event, Saina, Sindhu and Gopic­hand, shared their ex­pe­ri­ences from the world of bad­minton and dis­cussed the pos­si­ble ways to create a roadmap for sports to evolve as a cru­cial tool for women em­pow­er­ment. Bo­ria Ma­jum­dar, sports jour­nal­ist, aca­demi­cian, his­to­rian, com­men­ta­tor and au­thor, mod­er­ated the dis­cus­sion. We carry an ex­cerpt from the dis­cus­sion in this is­sue of Busi­ness Digest.

Rec­og­niz­ing the need for a sus­tained ef­fort to em­power women, we col­lab­o­rated with the Depart­ment of In­dus­trial Pol­icy and Pro­mo­tion (DIPP), Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try, and com­mem­o­rated the World In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Day 2018 with a con­fer­ence on ‘Pro­mot­ing In­no­va­tion, Cre­ativ­ity and IP Gen­er­a­tion Among Women En­trepreneurs’, on 27 April 2018 at The Lalit Ho­tel, New Delhi. The event fo­cus was in keep­ing with WIPO’s (World In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Or­ga­ni­za­tion) theme for this year’s World IP Day – Pow­er­ing Change: Women in In­no­va­tion and Cre­ativ­ity – and was in­tended to be a trib­ute to the bril­liance, in­ge­nu­ity and courage of the women who are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in our lives while shap­ing our world’s fu­ture.

Em­pha­siz­ing the im­por­tance of san­i­ta­tion, FICCI, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with In­dia San­i­ta­tion Coali­tion, or­ga­nized the sec­ond edi­tion of In­dia San­i­ta­tion Con­clave and Awards aimed at iden­ti­fy­ing and rec­og­niz­ing the ef­forts of var­i­ous stake­hold­ers, across the whole san­i­ta­tion value chain of Build-UseMain­tain-Treat. In this is­sue, we share the knowl­edge and best prac­tices fol­lowed by the ex­perts across sec­tors in­clud­ing global thought lead­ers, pol­icy mak­ers and devel­op­ment part­ners.

FICCI or­ga­nized an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion as well as re­leased a knowl­edge re­port ‘Rein­vig­o­rat­ing BIMSTEC: An In­dus­try Vi­sion for the Next Decade’. The ses­sion wit­nessed par­tic­i­pa­tion of stake­hold­ers from the BIMSTEC Sec­re­tar­iat (Bay of Ben­gal Ini­tia­tive for Multi-sec­toral Tech­ni­cal and Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion), gov­ern­ment, in­dus­try, multi­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and academia. BIMSTEC as a group­ing acts as the bridge link­ing th­ese re­gions and pro­vides an in­sti­tu­tional mech­a­nism to en­able re­gional eco­nomic syn­ergy.

We also carry an ex­cerpt from a World Gold Coun­cil’s re­port – Gold 2048: The next 30 years for gold – in this is­sue. Gold mar­ket in­fras­truc­ture has strength­ened, trust in gold has in­creased and ac­cess to gold has broad­ened. The re­port is a timely look at 30 years ahead for the gold in­dus­try and mar­ket and con­sid­ers ways in which the world and the gold mar­ket may de­velop.

Through Busi­ness Digest, it is our en­deav­our to keep you in­formed of FICCI’s ac­tiv­i­ties. We hope you will find this is­sue of the mag­a­zine use­ful and in­for­ma­tive.

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